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Farmers and the Market in Antebellum America: A View from the Georgia Upcountry

David F. Weiman
The Journal of Economic History
Vol. 47, No. 3 (Sep., 1987), pp. 627-647
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2121333
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

The Upcountry of the Lower South was located on the periphery of the antebellum cotton economy, but some of its subregions were integrated into the market system in the 1850s. An analysis of sample counties in the Georgia Upcountry demonstrates that the spread of market production into the western half of the region depended on local development which created opportunities for diversified market production and increased household wealth through capital gains on improvements. The absence of market development in the eastern half of the region, in contrast, limited the wealth of farm households, reinforcing their economic isolation.

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